Spiced Gin Fizz with Cranberry and Orange

by Brittney

Relax after a long day with this spiced gin fizz or prepare a large batch of the delicious cranberry-orange cocktail and share with your friends! Add an egg white to get a luscious frothy top and beautifully smooth texture!

originally published 11.01.2019

Gin is my absolute favorite spirit and the foundation for this tempting cocktail! I love to make a big batch of these spiced gin fizz cocktails when I’m feeling festive. Warming spices combined with fresh orange juice and tart cranberry make this the perfect cocktail for a holiday party! But it’s also a wonderful drink to sip on during a quiet evening at home or while you’re decorating for the holidays!

gin fizz with cranberry garnish

spiced cranberry simple syrup

The other key ingredient is simple syrup. I used to avoid making cocktails that involved simple syrups. For some reason, I thought it would be difficult, which makes absolutely no sense. The word simple is in the name! Making the spiced cranberry simple syrup is super easy and it can be customized to use the spices you have on hand. In my spiced gin fizz, I opted for just a bit of star anise, one cinnamon stick and little piece of fresh ginger!

To make the simple syrup, start by heating a cup (240 ml) of water and a cup (200 g) of sugar over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then toss in your spices and a cup (100 g) of cranberries — fresh and frozen both work well! Simmer the mixture over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until most of the cranberries burst. Then remove from heat and use the back of a spoon to mash the cranberries — we want them to release all of their juices. Now just strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and let it cool to room temperature before using!

gin fizz foam with star anise and cranberries

cranberry gin fizz

This cocktail is made with gin, orange juice, spiced simple syrup, egg white and club soda. The first four ingredients are shaken together and then you can add club soda to taste. I’ve included proportions for my favorite version of this cocktail, but feel free to add more or less simple syrup to adjust the sweetness!

The lovely frothiness of the drink comes from adding one egg white and then shaking for a minute or two. That’s also what gives the cocktail its nice, smooth texture! When properly handled, the risks of consuming egg whites in cocktails are minimal. That being said, we still like to use pasteurized eggs. The pasteurization process kills bacteria, but also results in a less flavorful egg. For us the benefits outweigh the costs, but you can decide for yourself! And if you can’t find pasteurized eggs, we’ve found that boxed liquid egg whites work well (although we do need to shake them a bit longer).

gin fizz with cranberry garnish

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gin fizz with cranberry garnish

spiced gin fizz with cranberry and orange

  • Author: Brittney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1


for one cocktail

  • gin 1.5 oz (50 ml)
  • orange juice 1 oz (30 ml)
  • simple syrup 1 oz (30 ml)
  • (recipe for spiced cranberry simple syrup below)
  • egg white 1 large
  • club soda to taste

spiced cranberry simple syrup

  • water 1 c (240 ml)
  • sugar 1 c (200 g)
  • cranberries 1 c (100 g)
  • cinnamon 1 stick
  • star anise 2 whole
  • fresh ginger 1.5 inch (3-5 cm)


spiced cranberry simple syrup

  1. Heat the water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the cranberries, cinnamon stick, star anise and ginger and simmer over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst. Remove from heat and thoroughly mash the cranberries with the back of a spoon to release the juices.
  3. Strain the syrup and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

spiced gin fizz

  1. Add the first four ingredients to a shaker and shake for about a minute. This will make the cocktail nice and frothy!
  2. Pour the cocktail into a glass with ice and top with club soda to taste.
  • Category: drinks
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: gin fizz, spiced gin fizz, cranberry simple syrup

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